Model # TG5.518+2K

Internet #205641039

BESSEY 18 in. TG Series Bar Clamp with Composite Plastic Handle and 5-1/2 in. Throat Depth


18 in. TG Series Bar Clamp with Composite Plastic Handle and 5-1/2 in. Throat Depth

$3527 /each
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Product Overview

Introduced in 1936, the original BESSEY malleable cast iron bar clamp was the world's first bar clamp. Clamps with traditional wood handles are still available and quite popular however, many models are now also available with composite plastic handles as well as with tommy bar (sliding pin) handles. Many of these clamps have also been fitted with replaceable pressure pads that are easily replaced, and allow for replacement of damaged spindles.

  • BESSEY anti-slip system the set screw is molded into the sliding arm and interlocks with the serrated rail to prevent sliding
  • Corrugated malleable cast iron fixed jaw and sliding arm generate powerful, rigid clamping
  • High-quality profiled steel rail acts as a reliable reinforcement against torsional forces, while the serration on 6 faces additionally prevents the clamp from slipping
  • Hardened, smooth-running spindle with acme thread more clamping with less cranking
  • Comfortable 2K composite handles
  • Top jaw press fitted (swaged) to rail no mechanical fasteners to loosen
  • Original BESSEY malleable cast bar clamps are available in 60 different combinations of capacity, throat depth and style of handle

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Assembled Depth (in.)
23.6325 in
Assembled Height (in.)
1.5 in
Assembled Width (in.)
8 in
Jaw Width
Throat Depth


Clamp Type
Clamping strength (lb.)
Hand Tool Type
Maximum Opening (in.)
Tools Product Type
Hand Tool

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
Limited Lifetime

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Customer Reviews

18 in. TG Series Bar Clamp with Composite Plastic Handle and 5-1/2 in. Throat Depth is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These clamps are working fine for their intended use. It helps to have the right clamps for a par... These clamps are working fine for their intended use. It helps to have the right clamps for a particular job and Bessey has a wide selection to choose from.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Clamps Used these on a project right away. Very strong, and I like the way the slider works on this. Almost effortless.
Date published: 2016-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heavy. Duty. These things are heavy duty. Bigger and beefier than the other Bessey bar clamps I own. It can be difficult to decipher from the model numbers and descriptions where each different clamp falls on the spectrum, but these are definitely on the beefy side. I have Jorgenson bar clamps, a couple Irwin bar clamps, and a variety of the "typical" Bessey bar clamps you might find at a big box store or Woodcraft, and these are heavier and stronger than any of the others. Of course, that means they are literally heavier, and bigger, and thus may be a bit trickier to hold or place one-handed, and take up more space when stored, but they deliver in clamping force and zero deflection. The medium-duty clamps are great for everyday jobs, but it's great to have a few of these, too, for the jobs that require greater clamping force. Also, the deep throats are great for distributing clamping force across a wider workpiece, without having to reach for (or make) customized cauls or blocks.
Date published: 2015-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love the Design of These Clamps These are close to being the 'platinum bar' for clamps of this design. Easy to handle. Easy to use. With their large handles, you're able to exert good force, with zero deflection, in small increments. The throats lock into place easily and are sure-footed. I've adapted two pairs for my cauls ... and they work perfectly. Love 'em.
Date published: 2015-01-31
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